The Escalator Project
For 400 million people across rural India, electrcity still remains a luxury. K Raheja, a leading real-estate developer with a focus on environment-friendly practices, saw that escalators are constantly running, day and night. Even when there’s no one using them. They decided to use all that wasted energy to light up villages across India via The Escalator Project - an idea that transforms every escalator into an energy-harnessing device. Dynamos that convert mechanical energy into electrical energy were designed. Each was connected to rechargeable batteries. While the escalators ran, the dynamos charged these batteries. Once fully charged, they were used to power LED lamps, which were supplied to several villages using an existing supply chain. And while one batch of batteries was being used, another was being recharged. And because the dynamos were fitted across all Raheja properties, the cycle never ended.